4–21. Misuse of Government travel charge cards
Members of the Army are provided Government travel charge cards to facilitate official travel and official travelrelated
expenses away from the Soldier’s official duty station. Individual accountability for the management of the
Government travel charge card is vital for the continued success of the Government charge card program. The
Government travel card will not be used for personal, Family, or household purposes. Misuse of the Government
charge card is prohibited.
a. Definition. Misuse of a Government charge card includes any improper or fraudulent use of a Government travel
charge card, including any use at establishments or for purposes that are inconsistent with the official business of the
Army or with applicable standards of conduct. Improper use of the Government charge card is defined as using the
charge card for items or expenses that are not reimbursable as part of official travel or other official duties.
b. Scope. Government charge cards are to be used in accordance with the terms of the application agreement for the
Government travel charge card.
c. Command responsibilities. Enforcement of this policy is a responsibility of commanders at all levels. Commanders
will ensure that all Soldiers issued Government travel charge cards are properly counseled on the appropriate use of
the charge card. The best way to curtail charge card misuse is to prevent it through proper selection of cardholders,
training, and leadership by example. Commanders will further monitor use of the Government travel charge card to
detect abuse and take appropriate corrective or disciplinary action.
d. Command options. This paragraph is punitive with regards to Soldiers. Violators of this policy may be subject to
UCMJ, ART. 92 (Failure to obey a lawful general order or regulation), UCMJ, Art. 133 (Conduct unbecoming an
officer and a gentleman), and UCMJ, Art. 134 (Debt, dishonorably failing to pay). Commanders...